Lakehead University Builds New Orillia Campus to Highest Environmental Standards



    World-renowned Canadian Architects Moriyama and Teshima Lead Project

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Lakehead University and Moriyama and Teshima
today unveiled the first structure in Lakehead's new campus. This and all
future buildings on the campus will be designed and constructed to achieve
Canada's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status.
Located in Orillia, Ontario, the Lakehead University - Orillia campus will be
a living model of healthy environments, the conservation of natural resources,
a high level of energy and water efficiency, and a reduction in the production
of waste and release of substances harmful to the biosphere. Built in three
phases, all buildings on the campus will be built to LEED Platinum standards
and thus will be the "first LEED Platinum university campus" in Canada. The
project breaks ground in 2009 and will accommodate 7,000 students upon
completion.
    "Students who choose Lakehead University - Orillia campus will study in
an environment that will be built to the highest levels of environmental
responsibility," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "Not
only will the Orillia campus ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality
of Lakehead University, it will place Lakehead in the enviable position of
being a continental leader in energy conservation, ecological awareness, and
social consciousness."
    The architectural firm of Moriyama and Teshima was chosen from among
seven architectural firms following a rigorous selection process. Daniel
Teramura, Partner of Moriyama and Teshima, says: "We were delighted to have
been awarded this project. The development of LEED-standard buildings is one
of our specialty areas, and we are very keen to demonstrate how a university
campus can successfully combine responsiveness to the vital needs of students,
faculty, and staff while being aesthetically pleasing and environmentally
sustainable at the same time."
    According to Teramura, Phase I of the project consists of an academic
building which will accommodate up to 1,500 students. Expected to open in the
fall of 2010, Phase I will cost $40 to $50 million.
    "University design is our passion," says Teramura. "We are confident that
our experience in designing LEED buildings internationally will ensure that
Lakehead University achieves its goal. We are looking forward to working with
Lakehead to execute a unique design that expresses the University's vision of
creating an enduring campus in harmony with land, nature, site, and context."
    Lakehead University will develop, in the next 15 to 20 years, a full
range of academic programs on this new campus, ultimately accommodating an
enrolment of approximately 7,000 students in 1.5 million square feet of new
academic, instructional research, and support spaces. In addition, residences
will be built to accommodate 1,200 students.
    Adds Fred Gilbert, "This is an exciting development for Lakehead, the
City of Orillia and Simcoe County. We are very pleased to be pioneers in
building a university campus to LEED Platinum standards. Furthermore, it is
anticipated that the academic programming in Orillia will have an
environmental science focus."
    Orillia Mayor Ron Stevens is one of many community leaders who early on
recognized the value in having Lakehead University set down permanent roots.
"We know that a university fosters economic, social, and cultural development
in the community. The fact that Lakehead University has committed to becoming
a North American leader in sustainable development bodes well for the City of
Orillia and for the Province of Ontario."
    Phases II and III of the project will be announced following completion
of Phase I.

    About Lakehead University

    Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for
innovative programs and cutting-edge research. In pursuit of its mission of
educating students who are recognized for leadership and independent critical
thinking, the University expanded its academic programs beyond its Thunder Bay
campus through the creation of a second campus, located in Orillia.
    Since 2006, the university has offered undergraduate programs in
temporary quarters in the downtown core of Orillia. At the same time the
university has worked with the City of Orillia to establish a permanent site
for the university. In 2007, an 85-acre property was secured, and the
university began work on a master plan for the permanent campus site.





For further information:

For further information: Eleanor Abaya at eabaya@lakeheadu.ca, or (807)
343-8372 or (807) 472-9110; or contact Lisa Pelot at (807) 343-8177; Media
Interviews with Dr. Gilbert, President, Lakehead University, may be arranged
by calling Lisa Pelot at (807) 343-8177 or commun@lakeheadu.ca; to speak with
Daniel Teramura, Partner, Moriyama and Teshima, please call (416) 925-4484

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